What You Need To Know:
(B, A, M) Moral worldview; brief alcohol consumption; and reference to "gentleman's wager" which later grows into larger group of gamblers.
Based on the 1872 Jules Verne novel, the 1956 movie AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS stars David Niven as the wealthy eccentric, Phileas Fogg, who wagers his entire fortune that he, along with his man servant Passepartout, can circumnavigate the globe in only eighty days. From the opening scenes in 1870’s London, throughout the sometimes harrowing journey, the fun never stops. This ambitious journey, carrying them to England, Spain, India, China, Japan, America, and back to England, requires the use of ships, trains, elephants, and even a Chinese junk. Subtle humor is so well hidden in every nook and cranny, that this film bears repeated watching for those who wish to savor every morsel. Adding to the fun are a host of famous actors in cameo appearances.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is quite long (nearly 3 hours) and by today’s standards could be considered bland. However, it would be unfair to judge the merit of a 1956 production by 1994 standards. In its day, it was a standard-setting film, winning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Editing. The only questionable elements are the gambling and a few rowdy drinking scenes. However, in order to accurately portray the “slice of life” this film is all about, certain elements common to the various settings must be shown. Overall, the movie is truly a wholesome, worthwhile classic.